- Bonnie "Dipo" Robinson
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Memories of Bonnie "Dipo" Robinson
Bonnie Claire Dipo Robinson Bonnie Claire Dipo Robinson, age 77, died peacefully February 10th, 2011 in her home in Salt Lake City, Utah after a valiant struggle with cancer.Bonnie was born August 25, 1933 in South Salt Lake, the first child of Daniel Anton & Vondra Kartchner Dipo. The family moved to a dairy farm in Clifton, Idaho where Bonnie spent an adventurous childhood. The Dipos moved back to Salt Lake and Bonnie attended Granite High where she had the lead role in three operas, graduating as Outstanding Student Vocalist of 1951. That same year, on August 11th, Bonnie married her high school "sweetheart", Talmadge Robinson, on furlough, then he left for active duty in the Korean War, separating the newlyweds for 1-1/2 years. When the war ended Bonnie was joyfully reunited with Talmadge, then sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Talmadge built a home on 661 Post Street where five children were welcomed. Bonnie established a music studio in her home and taught piano and vocal students for decades. She earned her degree in Family Sciences from Brigham Young University in 1993 as Valedictorian of her class and never stopped studying and learning. Bonnie was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed many opportunities to serve in her church including Pioneer Stake Relief Society Presidency (13 years), Presidency and teacher of the Young Women(10 years), Gospel Doctrine teacher (12 years), Ward Choir Director(14 years), ordained Salt Lake Temple Worker (16 years), and soloist in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (21 years). She performed hundreds of solos at weddings, funerals and civic events, including ward and stake programs. She loved the scriptures and was a scholar of Holy Writ. Bonnie's hobbies & interests were many and varied: writing music, literature, Utah Festival Opera, Shakespearean Festival, BYU's Education Week, traveling throughout the world (including yearly visits to Yellowstone & Teton National Parks), the "Stuffer's Dinner Club", cards, "Thimble-games", wind-up toys, stimulating conversation, red lipstick, ukuleles, campfires, birds, water-fights, weekly ladies basketball, swimming a mile 4 mornings a week, canning grape juice, "peas-in-the-pod," chocolate chip cookies, homemade scones, pies, peanut brittle and the American Constitution. Bonnie is survived by her husband Talmadge, children; Lanette & Robert Graves, Lane & Jamie Robinson, Julie & Michael Smith, Carolyn & Kenneth Dailey, Amy & Carl Eklof, grandchildren; Bonnie & Adrian Sexton, Kerry, Ryan, Jim & Martha Graves; Megan & Chad Moss, Nathaniel, Brandon, Cayla Robinson; Kathleen, Michael, Maren Smith; Kenneth, Kristyn Dailey, Elliot Eklof, great-grandchildren; Sophie, Sawyer Sexton; Parker, Anna-Kate Moss; Lukas, Dylan Graves, brother Dan Dipo (Helen) and foster sister Corrinda Yazzie Dipo. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 14, 11:00 a.m. at the Riverside Chapel, (26th Ward) 1145 West 5th South Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call Sunday evening February 13th, 6-8:00 p.m. at the Riverside Chapel and 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial at the Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah. A private family memorial will also be held at a later date. Funeral directors: Larkin Mortuary.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on February 13, 2011
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